Artist: Li Zhihua
Curator: Kelvin Huang
Duration: June 15th — July 29th, 2019
Open Hours: 11:00 - 20:00
Venue: Kui Yuan Gallery, No.9, Xuguyuan Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou (广州市越秀区恤孤院路9号 逵园艺术馆)
Nearby metro station: Dongshankou, Line 1 or 6
‘Horse Racing No.24' Oil on canvas 60x80cm 2017 [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
|An excerpt of the Foreword by CHEN Keng|
The opposite of “fragmentation”, is completeness. Completeness is comprised of, and may decompose into, fragments.
The young Li Zhihua must have created infinite “fragments” of graffiti in his father’s atelier. Li Zhihua was immersed in an artistic environment from an early age, as the son of the renowned oil painter Li Jinming, from whom he inherited his talent.
Following in his father’s footsteps, the young Zhihua was admitted to the affiliated middle school of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, and was later accepted into the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Although he majored in the direction of design, Zhihua never ceased his delicate practice and exploration in the field of oil painting. His work Light of Harmony (2009) won the gold prize in the “Celebrating the People’s Republic of China’s 60th Anniversary—Guangdong Province Art Exhibition”, and was selected for exhibit in the “National Art Exhibition”; his work Old Guangdong, Trivial Life (2014) received the silver prize in “The 12th National Art Exhibition” and was collected by the National Art Museum of China; and in the same year his work Fruitful Return Trip was awarded another gold prize by the “Guangzhou Youth Art Exhibition 2014”.
It was this integrated, rigorous academy education that has endowed Zhihua’s oeuvre with impeccable skill and a sense of approaching perfection. In addition, a more comprehensive knowledge, especially in his diverse roles as architect, fashion designer and brand curator, renders him a creator who is fluently able to examine his own works and himself from many different perspectives. This sense of disassociation, or drifting away, reveals the position of contemporary humankind—a fragmented living space.
‘Sleeping Position No.7’ Oil on canvas 100x80cm 2010 [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
The term “Fragmentation”, which originally means “the process or state of breaking or being broken in to fragments”, frequently appears in documents about “post-Modernism” in the 1980. Nowadays, the term is widely used in fields ranging from political science and economics to sociology and communication studies.
As a practitioner freely navigating between various fields, Zhihua has drawn from “fragmentation” his unique artistic language, painting style, and media, and underlying patters pointing towards the future. In his own words, “Fragmentation can point to the gradually developed painting style of ‘fragmented realism’, and it also implies a way of observing and perceiving the world in our time. Namely, fragments are the nature of our lives.”
Li Zhihua embarked on his search for “fragmentation” with his early works, Sleeping Position, which can be seen as an attempt to break the boundaries between the background and foreground subjects in many ways. In the later series of Horse Racing and Fencing, the attempt became more dynamic, employing more mature and diverse approaches.
With his profound understanding of art, we can believe Zhihua will identify artistic languages of his own from the ever-changing social environment, constructing an alternative “completeness” of his artistic pathway with the “fragments” of rich perspectives, and diverse dimensions.
Born in 1974 in Guangzhou. Li Zhihua began to study painting at an early age under the influence of his father, the renowned Guangdong oil painter, Li Jinming. Li graduated from the affiliated middle school of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1994, and graduated from the Design Department of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1998.
‘Fencing No.11’ Oil on canvas 115x140cm 2017 [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
|Selected Exhibitions & Awards|
2019 Fragments of Li Zhihua, Kui Yuan Gallery, Guangzhou
2018 The 2nd Asian Art Biennial, Hong Kong Central Library, Hong Kong
2018 Natural Colours|Summer—Guangzhou Young Artists’ Small Size Oil Painting Exhibition,
Yuexiu District Art Center, Guangzhou (Exceptional Artwork Award)
2017 Reform Mission—A Century of Guangdong Art, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
2016 The 1st Exhibition of Young Artists at the National Art Museum of China, National Art
Museum of China, Beijing
2016 Fine Arts Exhibition for the 95th Anniversary of the Communist Party of China, National
Art Museum of China, Beijing
2016 The 11th China Art Festival, Shaanxi Province Art Museum, Xi’an
2015 Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Li Jinming & Li Zhihua, Cheng Feng Art Museum, Zhuhai
2015 Art Exhibition (Oil Painting ) in Nanjing China 2015, Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing
2015 Guangzhou Youth Art Exhibition 2015, Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou (Silver
2014 Celebrating the People’s Republic of China’s 65th Anniversary—Guangdong Province Art
Exhibition, Guangzhou Museum of Art, Guangzhou
2014 The 12th National Art Exhibition (Oil Painting), Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou
2014 The 12th National Art Exhibition—Showcase of Prizewinning Work, National Art Museum
of China, Beijing (Silver Prize)
2014 Guangzhou Youth Art Exhibition 2014, Mei Lin Art Museum, Guangzhou (Gold Prize)
2012 The Beauty of Xinjiang—Guangzhou Fine Art Exhibition, Mei Lin Art Museum, Guangzhou
(Exceptional Artwork Award)
2011 Allow Imagine—Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Li Zhihua & Guan Tiwen,UN Space,
2010 Asian Artists Co-Exhibition, Redtory, Guangzhou